Mi e Ti

Mi e Ti

Mi e Ti // 5min// Music Video // 2016 // Italy

Writer/Director: Samuel Gottardello

Mi E Ti is the story of an Italian soldier, set during the World War I. Dispersed after an assault that turns out to be a massacre, he takes refuge in a forest and gets lost.

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Not Their Boots

Not Their Boots

Not Their Boots // 6min // Drama // 2013 // Australia

Writer/Director: Jordon Prince-Wright

A student short film that was made during Year 12, based on the start of the Second World War, inspired the stories and thoughts of the director’s grandfather.

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Biography

Biography

Biography // 21min // Drama // 2016 // Israel

Director: Arik Kaufman

Miriam, an elderly war widow tormented by her young husband’s death, surrounds herself with archival recordings and writes his biography in her crumbling apartment.

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Forgotten Hero

Forgotten Hero

Forgotten Hero // 2min // Drama // 2016 // Australia

Writer/Director: Philip Meddows

A Veteran returns home and visits the house of a high school sweet heart to find her son fixing his old A Model Ford in the driveway.

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The Ravens

The Ravens

The Ravens //  20min // Drama // 2016 // Australia

Writer/Director: Jennifer Perrott

When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.

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Darryl

Darryl

Darryl // 22min // Drama // 2016 // USA

Writer/Director: Christianna Carmine

An Iraq War Veteran is forced to face his past when his estranged daughter, fighting a battle of her own, re-enters his life.

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Sarge

Sarge

Sarge // 23:26min // Drama // 2016 // USA

Writer/Director: Benjamin Dewhurst

Franklin Spencer (Sarge) is an elderly Army veteran with dementia and PTSD. He longs to escape his nursing home to be with his granddaughter for her high school graduation.

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Anzac Letters

Anzac Letters

Anzac Letters // 7:37min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia

Director: Alison Rogers

Anzac Letters was created to share the experiences of the soldiers who took part in the first landing at Gallipoli, in April 1915, with a contemporary audience some 100 years later.

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Patient 39

Patient 39

Patient 39 // 15min // Drama // 2014 // UK

Writer/ Director: Dan Clifton

When a soldier known only as Patient 39 awakes from a coma with no memory, so begins the search to discover his identity and past.

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The Crater

The Crater

The Crater // 52min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia

Writer/Director: David Bradbury

A personal story of one’s man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers killed in action.

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Film festival honours veterans

Film festival honours veterans

FIFTEEN original short films were honoured at the inaugural Veterans Film Festival awards held last night at the Australian War Memorial. Two films stood out in the Red Poppy Awards for Best Australian Film and Best International Film went respectively to “Brass...

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Veterans Film Festival Red Poppy Awards

Veterans Film Festival Red Poppy Awards

Best International Film - Birthday (USA) Best Australian Film - Brass Razoo (Australia) Best Film Commemorating WWI - No Man’s Land (Finland) Best Film Commemorating ANZAC’s in WWI - Trench (Australia) Best Director Chris King - Birthday (USA) Best Cinematography -...

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The Haircut

The Haircut

The Haircut // 15min // Drama // 2014 // USA

Director: Alexis O Korycinski
Writer: Julia Cox

It’s 1976 and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academy.

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The Last Night

The Last Night

The Last Night // 16min // Drama // 2014 // New Zealand

Writer/Director: David Strong

Isolated at night in mountainous Afghanistan and surrounded by militia, a young United Nations military advisor struggles to negotiate with a powerful warlord.

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Birthday

Birthday

Birthday // 11min // Drama // 2015 // USA

Writer/Director: Chris King

When a young military wife gets news that her marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

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Trench

Trench

Trench // 10min // Drama // 2015 // Australia

Writer/Director: Nathan Hunt

An Australian and a Turkish soldier come across one another in the trenches of Turkey during the First World War.

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Brass Razoo

Brass Razoo

Brass Razoo // 9min // Drama // 2015 // Australia

Director/Cinematographer: Troy Honeysett

A character study based on a fictional returned service man adjusting to reality after his time in Afghanistan.

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Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe // 18min // Drama // 2015 // Malta

Director/Producer: Shirley Spiteri Mintoff
Writer: Anthony Mintoff

Malta, 1941. RAF Squadron Leader James Alden is given the order to escort a German child to safety. His success or failure will decide the outcome the war. When seeking shelter from a night-time air-raid, James is confronted by a stranger.

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Ricochet

Ricochet

Ricochet // 14min // Drama // 2014 // Netherlands

Writer/Director: Wout Malestein

A young soldier returns from a mission of months in Afghanistan. The reunion with his girlfriend is difficult for him. The happiness of coming home contrasts too starkly with the traumatic loss of a pal in the theatre of war.

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At the End of the Road

At the End of the Road

At the End of the Road // 9min // Drama // 2014 // Australia

Writer/Director: Chloé Hetzel

It’s World War III. A grand father is on the road with his grandson. What can he do to save him?

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Dad’s Fragile Doll

Dad’s Fragile Doll

Dad’s Fragile Doll // 15 min // Animation // 2015 // Iran

Director: Ali Zare Ghanat Nowi

A young girl reconstructs events leading to her father’s imprisonment and execution using dolls her mother has made. The young girl takes vengeance on the prison guard doll.

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No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land // 4min // Animation // 2014 // Finland

Director: Vilvi Rae

A famous story from the trenches of the First World War, when British and German soldiers made a brief truce for Christmas Day.

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Ramble

Ramble

Ramble // 6min // Drama // 2015 // Germany

Writer/Director: Andreas Ramm

Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s ‘Osterspaziergang’, Ramble takes us on a romantic journey through nature, but sometimes we crave parodies so much that we lose track of reality.

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Winged Warriors

Winged Warriors

Winged Warriors // 13min // Drama // 2014 // United Kingdom

Writer/Director: Evy Barry

A story of war, fear, courage and leadership from the First World War front line. When the survival of the last of a platoon of soldiers who reach the enemy trenches depends on their messenger pigeons.

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Butchery

Butchery

Butchery // 6min  // Animation // 2014 // France

Director: Bernard Capitaine (aka Iono Allen)

World War I: 9 million dead, 8 million disabled. A short symbolic vision of this war, the first massive and technologic one, through real letters from a French soldier, German soldier, and English nurse.

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A Soldier’s Story

A Soldier’s Story

A Soldier’s Story // 12min // Documentary // 2015 // USA

Director: Loren Mendell
Writer: Laura Mickelson

Major Stephen Reich was an incredible athlete and American military hero who passed-up a Major League baseball career to return to active duty then tragically paid the ultimate price.

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The Rat’s Dilemma

The Rat’s Dilemma

The Rat’s Dilemma // 11min // Sci-Fi // 2014 // Israel

Writer/Director: Naor Meningher

In the Holocaust, a gifted Jewish physicist named Rudolph is forced to build a teleporter for the Nazis. Rudolph keeps telling his Nazi supervisor, Heinz, that the machine doesn’t work yet, but Heinz suspects Rudolph is hiding something.

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100 Years

100 Years

100 Years // 3min // Music Video // 2015 // Australia

Writer/Director: John and Elisabeth Dykstra

A song by John and Elisabeth Dykstra, The Berrys, about remembering soldiers from The Great War.

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The White Feather

The White Feather

The White Feather // 22min // Drama // 2014 // Australia

Writer/Director: Laurence de B Anderson

Albert Ellis says we shouldn’t fight Britain’s wars. Then he gets a white feather.

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Reprieve

Reprieve

Reprieve // 24min // Drama // 2014 // US

Writer/Director: Lorian James Delman

An American veteran has the chance to face the remaining members of an innocent family he accidentally killed in a firefight while serving overseas.

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Desertion

Desertion

Desertion // 9min // Drama // 2015 // United Kingdom

Writer/Director: Ben Reid

Rob, a young soldier wearing a war-torn uniform, walks towards an imposing tower block. He calls the intercom at the entrance, gripping a red box in his hand. As a woman answers, Rob nervously manages the most muted of greetings.

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Submerged

Submerged

Submerged // 15min // Drama // 2014 //  UK

Director: Darren Mapletoft
Writer: Michael Holley

During the 1950s the British Navy conducted a series of teleportation experiments using submarines. When one such experiment goes badly wrong, submariner Billy Bourne wakes from dreaming about ‘Baby’, his sweetheart, to discover he is alone onboard his submarine.

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Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Purple Heart // 16min // Drama // 2014 // USA

Director: Peter Kiwitt

Purple Heart tells the story of a young Iraq War veteran caught in the downward spiral of PTSD. His girlfriend, a deaf artist, tries to help him but he pushes her away. As his life unravels, he begins to lose control, veering towards tragedy.

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2013 Awards

2013 Awards

Parramatta Prize for Best Film and  Best Film on Returning Veterans  Film Name: Peacekeeper Team: Cinestudios Entertainment Producer: Joshua Hoareau Lead Female Actor: Tatiana Barrie Lead Male Actor: Paul O’Brien Logline: A former Australian Peacekeeper reflects on...

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